From my first meeting with the didgeridoo in 1997, I was fascinated by his incomparable sound universe. Since then, I explore the different facets of this instrument: transmission, musical writing, instrument making, music … In 2005, after a training in the art of woodturning, I started instrumental making, with the creation of the company KAN AR C’HOAD, the song of wood. From my past as an engineer in research and development, I kept the taste of innovation and I dedicate my skills to evolve the acoustics, form and chromaticism of the didgeridoo. I also share my passion through shows, as a member of different music groups and by giving workshop in associations and music schools.
To facilitate the transmission and memorization of rhythms, I created a musical writing system dedicated to didgeridoo with a phonetic alphabet and conventional rhythmic musical writing. I also working on the harmonic spectrum of didgeridoo and developed an acoustic modeling software for didgeridoo. With this tool, I tune precisely the different modes of vibration and I define the quality of the tone of my instruments: crystalline, earthy, soft, harmonic, tonic, rough, round … I also experiment with original bore with integration of balls of resonance. From my scenic experiences, I wanted to change the shape of the didgeridoo, make it more movable, while allowing to hear play : Kromm Boud was born! The didgeridoo is integrated in different musical styles, however its monotonic character is a constraint for the composition, and involves having several instruments on stage. In search of a solution combining acoustic quality and flexibility of change of note, the Korn Bass was born after 3 years of work and thanks to the collaboration of ID-Composite and the financial assistance of the Brittany Region.
To design a didgeridoo is for me to prioritize:
Fluidity, dynamics and play accuracy
Generosity of the harmonic spectrum
Pleasure to the ears
Quality of wood species
Pleasure of touch
I use European wood species (ash, sorb tree, nanny berry, black locust, cherry, maple …) branch or plateau. Woodworking is done with wood lathe for the straight sections, with milling machine and gouge for the curved sections, which makes it possible to work the bore with a lot of precision and to have a good finish quality. The pieces are crafted step by step to allow the wood to stabilize. Straight sections are made in one piece, without longitudinal gluing. The sections are assembled by gluing a tenon / mortise fitting. The curved sections are made in two pieces assembled by gluing a slot groove / tongue reported.These assembly techniques provide excellent sealing and strength. Final sanding is done manually. My didgeridoos are oiled, which allows to keep the softness and natural texture of the wood, its breathability, while protecting them from humidity. Each didgeridoo is a unique piece, signed and numbered. I work to measure, let me know your wishes.